Caridad’s Diary

Money in Venezuela and Day to Day Strategies

August 11, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Venezuelans and foreigners, who have bank accounts in this country, can no longer take out more than 40,000 Bolivars (around 4 USD at the street rate) in cash (a bit more or less depending on the bank) and this is no longer news.

Venezuela and the Shopping CLAP

August 4, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Read all about it, read all about it, Granma still hasn’t published the news, but we have all known it for a long time. The CLAP, that magnificent Cuban Rations Book wannabe, has just gone hand in hand with the Homeland card.

Will Venezuelans Die of Hunger to Keep Maduro in Power?

July 20, 2017 | 13 comments

I’m at the Barquisimeto bus terminal in Lara State. Next to me, there’s a dog. She drags along a paw and she has myiasis on some parts of her body. I suddenly think about what I can give her to eat…

Venezuela: A Tired People

April 18, 2017 | 1 Comment »

An extreme tiredness is evident on the faces of many people in Venezuela. Most comments on the street coincide in one detail; we are fed up with the extremes. We are fed up with the manipulations of the government, its inefficiency, its corruption; We are fed up with the delusions of traditional opposition parties.

Venezuelan Retirees and Pensioners Protest

March 30, 2017 | No Comments »

For the second consecutive day, and this time not only in Caracas, also in several states of Venezuela, retirees and pensioners went out to claim their right to life. “Angry grandparents demand their rights” was one of the slogans. (24 photos)

If Haruki Murakami lived in Venezuela

January 25, 2017 | 1 Comment »

I’m on vacation and I’ve decided not to go away and leave home for a couple of weeks. As I don’t believe I can travel, taking into account the fact that I barely have enough money to eat, I prefer to stay by myself… with my cat, in mutual silence, sometimes listening to Craig Prues or Shinmaya Dunster.

Living with violence

January 11, 2017 | No Comments »

The Venezuelan Observatory on Violence has announced that violent deaths in 2016 exceeded 28,000 which makes Venezuela the second country in the world with the highest rate of lethal deaths.

Venezuela’s Tooth Fairy (ratoncito Perez)

December 31, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Ever since I arrived at the office where I met Rafael, I was warned that people here steal. However, I was very surprised that a place which was connected to such an important government figure would hire people who engaged in this illicit activity.

Our Caring Pal Nicolas Maduro

December 17, 2016 | 21 comments

It’s been a year this month since a great percentage of the Venezuelan people voted in favor of opposition legislators instead of the government. The government, in order to celebrate this beautiful gesture in their favor, has decided to give Venezuelans an unforgettable Christmas.

The New Metro in Caracas

November 10, 2016 | No Comments »

I walk into the first metro station in Caracas. Or the last, depending on how you’re looking at it. Trains on Line 1 are in one-piece, that is to say, you can walk from the first carriage to the last carriage without having to leave the train.